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Irene Krugman

Bertha Urdang Gallery

In my ceaseless struggles with arithmetic, I remember having tremendous difficulty assessing the value of proportions. However arranged, numbers to me were flat, singular descriptions of who was older, who was bigger, and what was more. Though my senses knew to opt for 1/2 of a candy bar over 1/4, written on a piece of paper, 1/4, having the largest integer as its denominator, seemed to be the larger measure. I was clearly not a pro at this relational game.

Graduated images on a plane will be read by our eyes as receding because we have been subliminally taught to translate the illusion into the perception of distance. Irene Krugman’s wall-reliefs and paintings use the accepted illusions of space and scale as a ploy for the works’ ultimate dismantling.

The wall-piece Desert Set, Reciprocal is a series of four gradually decreasing landscape/chair-back constructions, each containing a 1/4

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